On Wednesday, the government of Karnataka issued an advisory to the hotels and restaurants and other offices to check for quarantine stamp on the hands of customers and visitors. If violations are found, the owners are expected to report to the police.
As per the rules of the Karnataka government, all asymptomatic cases of people coming in from other states are asked to stay in strict home quarantine for 14 days. While they are entering the state, the passengers are sealed on their hands. In order to keep a close eye on the violators, the government has brought in the new advisory. As per the advisory issued on the 3rd of June,
“All shops, commercial establishments, offices, factories, malls, religious places, hotels, etc. are required to check for quarantine stamp on all their customers or visitors (at the back of their hand) before they enter the premises. They should not allow those with quarantine stamp to enter before the end of their quarantine period or till they get the current COVID-19 negative test report. They should inform the police on telephone number 100 about violations.”
Apart from that, the general public and residents are also advised to report any violations of the home quarantine in the neighborhood. Any violation of the protocol will result in strict action as per section 51 (b) of the Disaster Management Act of 2005 and section 188 of the Indian Penal code.
Extension of Quarantine for Maharashtra returnees
The Karnataka government on Thursday announced the extension of the quarantine period of people who are returning from Maharashtra. The Maharashtra returnees are now required to undergo 7 days of mandatory institutional quarantine followed by 14 days of strict home quarantine. Earlier the home quarantine period was of 7 days.
The decision comes after the state has witnessed a surge in the number of cases especially of those who have come from the state of Maharashtra. On May 31st alone, Karnataka reported 299 COVID-19 cases in the state out of which 250 or more patients had a travel history to Maharashtra. The total cases in the state have now reached 4,063 as of Thursday afternoon.
Source: The News Minute